Two armed men, one of whom was brandishing a knife, attempted to attack the interim president of Mali Assimi Goita, during prayers in the great mosque of the capital Bamako. The attack took place during the celebrations for the Islamic festival of Eid al-Adha. The president was taken away by security, according to a reporter from France Presse on the spot.
The last legitimate president, Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta, aka “Ibk”, elected in 2013 and re-elected in 2018, was overthrown by a military coup on August 18, 2020. Under international pressure, the military decided to appoint a president transition and return power to civilians within 18 months. But last May the colonels arrested the president and the prime minister after the appointment of a new transitional government not to their liking, imposing Goita as the interim head of state. The colonel had led the two coups of August 2020 and last May.
In March-April 2012, the north of Mali was conquered by jihadist groups linked to Al Qaeda, which, however, were largely driven out by an international military mission launched in January 2013 on the initiative of the former French colonialist. Whole areas, however, remain outside the control of Malian and French forces and of the mission to the United Nations (Minusma), often the object of attacks. On 10 June, on the sidelines of the NATO summit, Emmanuel Macron announced “the end of the ‘Barkhane’ operation”, launched in Mali in 2014.
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